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The official name of Uruguay is the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, or in Spanish, República Oriental del Uruguay. Located in South America, it shares a land border with Brazil. Argentina is located to the west across the Uruguay River, while the South Atlantic Ocean is to the southeast. The official language is Spanish, although Latin American Spanish is also spoken in many spots. The official currency is the Uruguayan Peso.

Its capital city is Montevideo, which is relatively small and quaint. However, it is home to roughly one half of the country's 3.5 million citizens. Montevideo is a mix of Italian, Spanish, and Art Deco styles. Its Mercado del Puerto is a market that dates back to the latter half of the 1860s. Although it is only open in the afternoons, the streets are full of people who are shopping, street musicians, and vendors. To the east of Montevideo, one will find the Uruguayan Riviera, a place of many beaches and resorts.

The Parque Nacional Santa Teresa has a distinctive historical flavor. It features the Fortaleza de Santa Teresa. Originally built by the Portuguese, it was eventually captured by the Spaniards.

The Museo Didactico Artiguista, which dates back as far as the late 1700s, contains a number of military fortifications. Today, the museum honors the memory of one of Uruguay's heroes, Artigas.

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